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BL4215   Bacterial Virulence Factors

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 15

ECTS credits : 7

Level : SCQF level 10

Semester: 1

Availability restrictions: Not automatically available to General Degree students

Planned timetable: To be arranged.

In order to establish an infection in a host, pathogenic bacteria rely on mechanisms to adhere to host tissue, gain entry into cells, escape the host's immune response and spread and survive within or on the host. These processes are mediated by bacterial virulence factors, i.e. proteins and other bacterial products that utilise and subvert diverse host cellular processes for the benefit of the pathogen. In this module students will explore how structural biology has led to significant breakthroughs in understanding the molecular bases of some important bacterial infections.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass BL3301

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 2 x 1-hour lecture (x 5 weeks), 3 x 3-hour student talks

Scheduled learning hours: 19

Guided independent study hours: 131

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 1.5-hour Written Examination = 40%, Coursework = 60%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 40%
Practical examinations : 30%
Coursework: 30%

Re-assessment: 1.5-hour Written Examination = 40%, Existing Coursework = 60%


Module teaching staff: Dr U Schwarz-Linek